“In pursuit of Jesus, Ephraim House exists to bear fruit in our neighborhood and repair the ruins in our city by upholding the Rule of our community.”Apply
|Housing||Co-housing in spacious community home|
|General focus||(for all participants)
Spiritual practice, formation, and mission in intentional community
|Focuses areas||(one per participant)|
|Term||10 weeks (late May–early August, 2017)|
|Can participant get a job?||Yes*|
In a supportive context of intentional Christian community, interns will live and serve in the home shared by all Ephraim House residents, which is located on the five-building campus of the Family Ministry Center (FMC). Here they will be connected to a wide range of opportunities for spiritual growth, meaningful service, and gospel witness. The internship experience is designed to broaden one’s experience and vision of what it means to be a 24/7, lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ while also serving to advance the mission of Ephraim House and the FMC.
Ephraim House is an intentional Christian community inspired by the Early Church and shaped by the monastic tradition. Located in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, Ephraim House functions as a ministry of the FMC. Residents share a common “Rule of life” which outlines commitments to the community while also serving to direct long-term mission. Residents engage in regular rhythms of spiritual practice, service, and rest. Additionally, Ephraim House is regularly host to many guests throughout the year (and especially during the summertime), who sojourn alongside residents for the purposes of spiritual retreat, outreach, and service.
In pursuit of Jesus, Ephraim House exists to bear fruit in our neighborhood and repair the ruins in our city by upholding the Rule of our community.
We envision an enduring, monastic family living as priests before God, welcoming the stranger and sojourner, collaboratively ministering the holistic gospel to a once-blighted neighborhood, actively pursuing the welfare of the city, contending for the advance of God’s Kingdom in the nations, and bringing fame to the name of the Lord.
The Rule of Ephraim House is defined in this way:
Ephraim House residents make an annual commitment to the practices of the Rule in the form of a vow. Each year residents discern their continued participation in the community in concert with other Ephraim House residents and its leadership, as well as FMC leadership. At this point, commitments are either renewed or concluded. In the latter case, residents then transition out of the home.
The customary provides targeted, practical ways of living out the community Rule. The customary is a living document and is always subject to change.
The Family Ministry Center is a place and a people of refuge for Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood and beyond so that God can be made famous. Founded by and accountable to Bay Presbyterian Church, the FMC practices a model of mutually engaged partnership with nearly twenty organizations. Framed by an overarching commitment to sustainable community development, the mostly nonprofit-partners of the FMC work in a wide range of arenas including urban renewal, alternative education, church-planting, the arts, international missions, transitional care for veterans, and more. Learn more at clevelandfmc.org.
While each intern’s experience will vary, several benefits can be anticipated for every participant. These include opportunities to:
Participation in the life of the Ephraim House community can be simplified in the following ways:
Therefore, in addition to basic requirements, these three categories give shape to the commitments required of every intern, regardless of the specific focus area of his/her internship.
Expressed primarily in the practice of hospitality, namely in welcoming, orientating, and hosting Ephraim House guests and sojourners:
Also expressed in the practice of hospitality unto partners of the FMC:
Participation in various relationship-building and gospel-outreach efforts:
(Not required, but gladly put to use!)
(one per participant)
(This position is best suited for a young woman.)
Engage directly with Ephraim House resident Emily Forthofer to: